Lilia Moritz Schwarcz is Professor of Anthropology at S o Paulo University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures in Latin American Studies at Princeton University. Two of her books have been translated into English- The Emperor's Beard- Dom Pedro II and his Tropical Monarchy in Brazil and The Spectacle of the Races- Scientists, Institutions, and the Race Question in Brazil, 1870-1930. Heloisa Murgel Starling is Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais and author of Os senhores das Gerais, Lembran as do Brasil and Uma patria paratodos.
Evocative . . . Schwarcz and Starling adopt what they call a biographical approach: an attempt to tell the collective stories of the generations of Brazilians that have lived . . . They achieve this with flair in their rich evocations of colonial and imperial Brazil . . . Rich and absorbing. -- Patrick Wilcken * The Times Literary Supplement * Compelling and insightful . . . One of Schwarcz and Starling's great strengths is their dissection of changing racial identity. -- Geoff Dyer * Financial Times * Detailed and deeply reasoned . . . Illuminating, engrossing, and consistently thoughtful. -- Larry Rohter * The New York Review of Books * Coinciding with the election of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, this epic history of the world's sixth most populous country is a shocking, dramatic and utterly engrossing read. The details of Brazil's history, from the 19th-century empire to the suicide of the quasi-fascist dictator Getulio Vargas, are largely unknown to British readers, but that only makes its dark story all the more fascinating. * The Sunday Times, Books of the Year * A thoughtful and profound journey into the soul of Brazil...The Brazil that emerges from this book is, indeed, a fascinating, complex, multicoloured, contradictory and challenging organism, more like a living being than a political, cultural and geographical entity -- Laurentino Gomes * Folha de Sao Paulo * With great skill the authors have managed to combine clarity and consistency, substance and fluency, historical precision and a text that is a joy to read * Lira Neto * Engrossing ... eye-opening ... an enormously refreshing treat -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *